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Asian Studies

Asian Studies Acting Director:
Joseph Walser
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
Tel: 617.627.2322

Please note: On March 12, 2014, the faculty of Arts & Sciences voted to disband the Asian Studies major and minor. As of April 18, 2014, the Asian Studies program will no longer accept new major/minor declaration forms. Students in the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 who declared an AS major or minor as of April 18, 2014 will be fully supported in completing their majors/minors. Students who wish to elect a major similar to Asian Studies are encouraged to investigate majors in International Relations—East and Southeast Asia, International Relations—Middle East and South Asia, Chinese, Japanese, International Literary and Visual Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies. Please contact Prof. Joseph Walser with questions or concerns.

The significance of the Asian nations in today's world is obvious. More than half the globe's population lives between Pakistan and Japan. The region is home to some of the world's oldest and most influential cultural traditions, and it plays a crucial role in international politics and economics.

The study of Asian nations is thus an excellent way to enhance one's understanding of the world's people and the human condition, and to prepare oneself for those endeavors that require an understanding of different cultural perspectives and a commitment to international cooperation.

The major in Asian Studies provides students with a strong foundation in an Asian language, and with expertise drawn from a variety of disciplines. It also provides them with skills in research, analysis, and writing that have many applications.

Tufts students who have majored in Asian Studies have pursued careers in international organization, government, business, and teaching. Recognizing important connections among different areas of Asia, the program includes courses on East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia. The program does not, however, extend credit to courses dealing primarily with the countries of Southwest Asia.